Memorials and Tributes


To honor living individuals, deceased colleagues, mentors, friends, or loved ones, by making a tax-deductible contribution to the NASW Foundation's Memorial & Tribute Fund, please visit our donation page. All gifts will be acknowledged on the NASW Foundation website and gifts of $100, or more, will be acknowledged in NASW's new magazine Social Work Advocates, which is published six times each year.  You can also leave tributes to NASW friends who have passed away on the NASW Foundation blog.

Memorials 2017-2019

  • Ronald V. Dellums, former Congressman from California and member of NASW Social Work Pioneers®, passed away July 30, 2018.
  • Kenneth S. Carpenter, member of NASW Social Work Pioneers®, passed away May 16, 2018.
  • Rhoda G. Sarnat, member of NASW Social Work Pioneers®, passed away April 14, 2018.
  • Norma Gray "Cindy" Jones, member of NASW Social Work Pioneers®, passed away October 23, 2017.
  • Beryl Carter Rice, member of NASW Social Work Pioneers®, passed away June 24, 2017.
  • Morton Teicher, member of NASW Social Work Pioneers®, passed away June 13, 2017.
  • Margery P. Carpenter, member of NASW Social Work Pioneers®, passed away March 6, 2017.
  • Paul Ephross, member of NASW Social Work Pioneers®, passed away January 12, 2017.

Memorials 2014-2016

Memorials 2011-2013

Memorials 2008-2010

Bob Arnold, Ken and Margery Carpenter and Mary Holden at 2006 Pioneer event

The NASW Foundation fondly remembers and honors dear friends who have passed away. NASW Foundation Director, Bob Arnold (left), pictured with NASW Social Work Pioneers® at the 2006 annual Pioneer event. From left to right, Margery P. Carpenter (2017), Mary Catherine Jennings Holden (2012), and Kenneth S. Carpenter (2018).


Charles Howard, Ron Dellums And Bernice Harper At Howard University Graduation Ceremony 2014

We honor and remember former California Congressman and Oakland Mayor, Ronald V. Dellums, who passed away on July 30, 2018. A member of the NASW Social Work Pioneers®, he is pictured with fellow Pioneers, Dr. Charles Howard and  Dr. Bernice Catherine Harper,  following 2014 Howard University graduation ceremony.


Burning Candle Beside A Rose

Tribute To Social Workers Who Lost Their Lives


NASW and the NASW Foundation remember and honor social workers who gave their lives in service to others.  Read More >>